Nektar Therapeutics
NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS (Form: SC 13G/A, Received: 01/31/2017 10:54:55)

UNITED STATES*
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 13G

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

(Amendment No. 1)*

Nektar Therapeutics
(Name of Issuer)

Common
(Title of Class of Securities)

640268108
(CUSIP Number)

December 31, 2016
(Date of Event Which Requires Filing of this Statement)

Check the appropriate box to designate the rule pursuant to which this
Schedule is filed:

[ X ] Rule 13d-1(b)

[ ] Rule 13d-1(c)

[ ] Rule 13d-1(d)

*The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person's initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter the disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

The information required in the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be "filed" for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Act") or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

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CUSIP No. 640268108

                1.  Names of Reporting Persons, I.R.S. Identification Nos.
                    of above persons (entities only):

                    First Trust Portfolios L.P.: 36-3768815

                    First Trust Advisors L.P.:   36-3788904

                    The Charger Corporation:     36-3772451


                2.  Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group
                    (See Instructions)

                    (a)  [   ]

                    (b)  [   ]


                3.  SEC Use Only


                4.  Citizenship or Place of Organization of each

                    Reporting Person:     Illinois, U.S.A.


Number of       5.  Sole Voting Power:    0
Shares Bene-
ficially
Owned by Each   6.  Shared Voting Power:
Reporting           Such shares are held by the following entities in the
Person With:        respective amounts listed:

                    First Trust Portfolios L.P.: 0

                    First Trust Advisors L.P.:   2,083,429

                    The Charger Corporation:     2,083,429


                7.  Sole Dispositive Power:      0

                8.  Shared Dispositive Power:

                    Such shares are held by the following entities in the
                    respective amounts listed:

                    First Trust Portfolios L.P.: 0

                    First Trust Advisors L.P.:   2,083,429

                    The Charger Corporation:     2,083,429



                9.  Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each
                    Reporting Person: 2,083,429


               10.  Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row (9) Excludes
                    Certain Shares (See Instructions)


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               11.  Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (9): 1.36%


               12.  Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)

                         First Trust Portfolios L.P.      - BD

                         First Trust Advisors L.P.        - IA

                         The Charger Corporation          - HC


ITEM 1.

          (a)       Name of Issuer: Nektar Therapeutics

          (b)       Address of Issuer's Principal Executive Offices

                         Attn: Legal Department
                         455 Mission Bay Boulevard South
                         San Francisco, CA 94158
                         USA




ITEM 2.

          (a)       Name of Person Filing

                         First Trust Portfolios L.P.
                         First Trust Advisors L.P.
                         The Charger Corporation


          (b)       Address of Principal Business Office or, if none, Residence

                         First Trust Portfolios L.P.
                         120 East Liberty Drive, Suite 400
                         Wheaton, Illinois 60187

                         First Trust Advisors L.P.
                         120 East Liberty Drive, Suite 400
                         Wheaton, Illinois 60187

                         The Charger Corporation
                         120 East Liberty Drive, Suite 400
                         Wheaton, Illinois 60187


          (c)       Citizenship of each Reporting Person:

                    Illinois, U.S.A.


          (d)       Title of Class of Securities

                    Common Stock


          (e)       CUSIP Number  640268108


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ITEM 3.   If this statement is filed pursuant to Sec. 240.13d-1(b) or
          240.13d-2(b) or (c), check whether the person filing is a:

          (a)   x   Broker or dealer registered under section 15 of the Act
                    (15 U.S.C. 78o);

          (b)       Bank as defined in section 3(a)(6) of the Act
                    (15 U.S.C. 78c);

          (c)       Insurance company as defined in section 3(a)(19) of the Act
                    (15 U.S.C. 78c);

          (d)       Investment company registered under section 8 of the
                    Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-8);

          (e)   x   An investment adviser in accordance with
                    Sec. 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(E);

          (f)       An employee benefit plant or endowment fund in accordance
                    with Sec. 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(F);

          (g)   x   A parent holding company or control person in accordance
                    with Sec. 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(G);

          (h)       A savings associations as defined in Section 3(b) of the
                    Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1813);

          (i)       A church plan that is excluded from the definition of an
                    investment company under section 3(c)(14) of the Investment
                    Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-3);

          (j)       A non-U.S. institution in accordance with
                    Sec. 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J);

          (k)       Group, in accordance with Sec. 240.13d-1(b)1(ii)(K).

          If filing as a non-U.S. institution in accordance with Sec.
          204.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J), please specify the type
          of institution: _____________________________________________



ITEM 4.   Ownership

          Provide the following information regarding the aggregate number and
          percentage of the class of securities of the issuer identified in
          Item 1.

          (a)   Amount beneficially owned:  2,083,429

          (b)   Percent of class:           1.36%

          (c)   Number of shares as to which the person has:

                    (i)   Sole power to vote or to direct the vote:     0

                   (ii)   Shared power to vote or to direct the vote:  2,083,429

                  (iii)   Sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition

                          of:  0

                   (iv)   Shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition

                          of:  2,083,429

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Instruction.  For computations regarding securities which represent a right to
              acquire an underlying security see Sec. 204.13d-3(d)(1).

ITEM 5.   Ownership of Five Percent or Less of a Class

          If this statement is being filed to report the fact that as of the
          date hereof the reporting person has ceased to be the beneficial owner
          of more than five percent of the class of securities, check the
          following [ X  ].



Instruction:  Dissolution of a group requires a response to this item.

ITEM 6.   Ownership of More than Five Percent on Behalf of Another Person

This Schedule 13G filing is jointly filed by The Charger Corporation, First
Trust Portfolios L.P. and First Trust Advisors L.P. pursuant to Rule
13d-1(k)(1). The Charger Corporation is the General Partner of both First Trust
Portfolios L.P. and First Trust Advisors L.P. First Trust Portfolios L.P. acts
as sponsor of certain unit investment trusts which hold shares of the issuer.
The total number of shares of the issuer held by these unit investment trusts
is set forth in Row (8) above with respect to First Trust Portfolios L.P. No
individual unit investment trust sponsored by First Trust Portfolios L.P. holds
more than 3% of any registered investment company issuer's shares. First Trust
Advisors L.P., an affiliate of First Trust Portfolios L.P., acts as portfolio
supervisor of the unit investment trusts sponsored by First Trust Portfolios
L.P., certain of which hold shares of the issuer. Neither First Trust Portfolios
L.P., First Trust Advisors L.P. nor The Charger Corporation have the power to
vote the shares of the issuer held by these unit investment trusts sponsored by
First Trust Portfolios L.P. These shares are voted by the trustee of such unit
investment trusts so as to insure that the shares are voted as closely as
possible in the same manner and in the same general proportion as are the shares
held by owners other than such unit investment trusts. The difference, if any,
between the aggregate amount of shares beneficially owned by each reporting
person, as set forth in Row (9) above, and the number of shares of the issuer
held by the unit investment trusts sponsored by First Trust Portfolios L.P.
represents shares of the issuer which are either held in other registered
investment companies, pooled investment vehicles and/or separately managed
accounts for which First Trust Advisors L.P. serves as investment advisor and/or
investment sub-advisor. Each of First Trust Portfolios L.P., First Trust
Advisors L.P. and The Charger Corporation disclaims beneficial ownership of the
shares of the issuer identified in this filing.



ITEM 7.   Identification and Classification of the Subsidiary Which Acquired
          the Security Being Reported on By the Parent Holding Company or
          Control Person

          See Item 6.



ITEM 8.   Identification and Classification of Members of the Group

          Not Applicable.



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ITEM 9.   Notice of Dissolution of Group

          Not Applicable.



ITEM 10.  Certifications

     By signing below I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief,
the securities referred to above were acquired and are held in the
ordinary course of business and were not acquired and are not held for
the purpose of or with the effect of changing or influencing the control
of the issuer of the securities and were not acquired and are not held
in connection with or as a participant in any transaction having that
purpose or effect other than activities solely in connection with a nomination
under Sec. 240.14a-11.



                                   SIGNATURE

     After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I
certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete
and correct.

                                  FIRST TRUST PORTFOLIOS L.P.,
                                  FIRST TRUST ADVISORS L.P. and
                                  THE CHARGER CORPORATION
                                  Date: January 31, 2017


                                  By: /s/ James M. Dykas
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                                  Name:  James M. Dykas
                                  Title: Chief Financial Officer of
                                         First Trust Portfolios L.P. and
                                         First Trust Advisors L.P., and
                                         Chief Financial Officer and
                                         Treasurer of The Charger
                                         Corporation




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Exhibit 99.1

EXHIBIT 99.1 - JOINT FILING AGREEMENT

The undersigned hereby agree that they are filing this statement jointly pursuant to Rule 13d-1(k)(1). Each of them is responsible for the timely filing of such Schedule 13G and any amendments thereto, and for the completeness and accuracy of the information concerning such person contained therein; but none of them is responsible for the completeness or accuracy of the information concerning the other persons making the filing, unless such person knows or has reason to believe that such information is inaccurate.

In accordance with Rule 13d-1(k)(1) promulgated under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the undersigned hereby agree to the joint filing with each other on behalf of each of them of such a statement on Schedule 13G and any amendments thereto with respect to the equity securities (as defined in Rule 13d-1(i)) of the issuer, beneficially owned by each of them. This Joint Filing Agreement shall be included as an exhibit to such Schedule 13G and any amendments thereto.

Date: January 31, 2017

First Trust Portfolios L.P., First Trust Advisors L.P. and The Charger Corporation

By: /s/ James M. Dykas
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Name:  James M. Dykas
Title: Chief Financial Officer of
       First Trust Portfolios L.P. and
       First Trust Advisors L.P., and
       Chief Financial Officer and
       Treasurer of The Charger
       Corporation